Is Vaping Addictive? What are the Main Threats?

Vaping is a controversial topic...

Vaping is a controversial topic. Nevertheless, the popularity of this trendy habit keeps rising. More people are starting to vape, including teens and young adults. People are vaping marijuana and nicotine. Although many things are yet to be known about vaping, substances like nicotine are highly addicting, what’s more, vaping leads to a mental habit where a person wants to vape every 30 minutes. A person knows they are addicted to vaping when they start having withdrawal symptoms.

Electronic cigarettes or vaping devices come in different sizes, shapes, and designs. Some look like flash drives, pens, computer memory sticks, and key fobs. Some can even resemble asthma inhalers. When vaping, a person inhales vapor from a heated e-juice. Vaping devices use a battery-powered coil to heat the liquid.

E nails are the newest vaping devices in the market. These provide a consistent temperature for vaporizing the concentrates. The manufacturers of vaping devices are creative and capable of making devices that appeal to more users. It has made vaping seem fashionable and trendy over the years.

Some have even marketed vaping as a way to quit smoking. However, some researchers have argued that vaping might be addictive, just like traditional smoking. One study has even suggested that a smoker is 28% less likely to stop smoking when vaping.

Hidden Threats behind Vaping

The e-liquid or e-juice that people use to vape contains certain ingredients. These include a base fluid and flavoring. Tetrahydrocannabinol and nicotine are the active ingredients of e-liquids. Vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are the most common base fluids. Caramel or fruit are the most common flavorings. Other components can include cinnamaldehyde, diacetyl, and acetoin.

But, vaping is mainly unregulated. That’s because authorities like the Food and Drug Administration are yet to catch up with this industry. As such, the information from packaging and labels on e-liquids might be false and misleading. What’s more, the long-term effects of vaping are yet to be known.

For instance, determining the effect of using an electric dab nail on the health of a person is not easy. That’s because the device is relatively new. Studies have also revealed that the nicotine levels that are listed on some liquids are incorrect. Some brands claim to be nicotine-free, yet they have this addictive substance.

Thus, manufacturers of vaping devices can give consumers a false security sense. What’s more, exposure to nicotine during the teen years can increase the chances of having a substance use disorder in the future.

Why Vaping is Addictive

The ingredients of vaping products are the reason why the habit can be addictive. Here are the primary elements that can lead to vaping addiction.

  • Nicotine- Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. It’s potential for causing addiction is as high as that of opioid pain medications and cocaine. Vaping an e-juice that has nicotine leads to cravings. When a person abstains from vaping for some hours or days, they experience withdrawal symptoms. These are alleviated by vaping more nicotine. The addictive behavior’s basis is this cycle of craving, crash, and euphoria.
  • Marijuana- THC is the psychoactive substance in marijuana. It has shown the potential to cause addiction. Although the potential of this substance to cause addiction is not as high as that of nicotine, it’s still addictive. That’s why THC is illegal in some countries.

Some people are making vape liquids at home. Some of these liquids contain illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl. These are highly potent opioids that can lead to an addiction. The high potential for addiction and the danger of homemade e-liquids are due to mixed drugs. Although no detailed research has been concluded about the use of illicit drugs in vapes, the overdose danger is excellent. It’s not uncommon to find a person using a wax rig to vaporize homemade concentrates that may contain an illicit drug. Unfortunately, the habit can lead to an addiction to an illicit drug.

Vaping and Behavioral Addiction

Behavioral or process addiction is connected to a specific behavior instead of a substance. However, the components of behavioral addiction are similar to those of substance addiction. They include tolerance, compulsive behavior, and reward even when a person’s health is at risk.

Behavioral addiction may not be standard on its own. However, it can lead to mild reinforcement of other habits. For instance, a person can enjoy vaping with other people. Thus, the social aspect can reinforce their addiction to the vaporized substance.

Overcoming the psychological dependency is the hardest part of addictive behavior. Learned models and conditioned practices change how a person reasons, thereby preventing them from quitting. As a habit, vaping can be addictive, and social stimuli can reinforce it.

Since vaping is currently a trendy habit, vapers have few puffs every few minutes. And, when a vaper uses nicotine or THC-containing electric dab nail, they can develop an addiction. Nevertheless, psychological habits are possible to beat.

Other Aspects of Vaping that make it Addictive

Apart from the social and chemical aspects, health professionals argue that the aesthetics of vaping devices can also make the habit addictive. Some companies have come up with tools that appeal to a target market segment, such as teens and youths. These devices are marketed and advertised as being easy to use, even in places where traditional smoking is not allowed.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported skyrocketing numbers of middle and high school students that are using e-cigarettes. Many teens are starting to vape because the habit is marketed as fashionable and trendy. Unfortunately, vaping THC or nicotine-containing liquids lead to unhealthy addictions.

The Bottom Line

Even the use of the best enail can be addictive. That’s because most vapers consume addictive THC and nicotine. These ingredients are addictive when consumed continuously, regardless of the used method or level of consumption. What’s more, vaping can lead to behavioral addiction. Nevertheless, a person that has developed a vaping addiction can explore the available treatment options to recover and lead a sober life.

 


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